What is the purpose of slating a take when recording a CD? For example, the producer might say:

"Song A", Take 16, from measure 53.

  • Note, when this is done, it's almost always accompanied by someone taking notes about each take, including all the details and settings like mic position, amp settings, etc. Having a way to connect the written notes on the take with the audio from that take is required if those written notes are to be useful. Commented Jun 26, 2016 at 15:01

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To identify it when constructing the final mix. Not much point in deciding "that was a good one!" if you can't find it later!

  • To add another "simple" point, it's improbable that during the recording session anybody will be splitting up the takes into separate audio files with meaningful names - better to just leave the recorders running and catch everything. That sort of grunt work can wait till later.
    – user19146
    Commented Jun 27, 2016 at 1:43

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